Anthony Kim does first interview in three years

Kim raising the American flag in victory after the 2008 Ryder Cup

 

 

OH MY GOD! He’s alive AND talking!

 

Yup, remember Anthony Kim? He was one of golf’s rising stars at one point, finishing strong in the majors three times including a historic performance at the 2010 Masters where he was dropping birdies at an alarming rate (Phil Mickelson would go on to win however).

 

He was also an instrumental part of the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2008 which featured a club riding Boo Weekley who was playing the best golf of his life and was a squad that didn’t include Tiger Woods. Fast forward some seven years later of that terrific Ryder Cup team and AK has finally come out to speak after being anything but visible the last few years.

 

Legendary golf writer Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press caught up with AK on where he’s been.

 

“Golf is a fond memory of mine,” Kim said according to the AP. “I’ve been watching more and more. I miss the competition a little bit. Watching these young guys like Jordan Spieth is bringing me back to watch.”

 

“Young guys” as he says. It’s crazy when you think about it as AK himself was one of these “young guys” who was on his way to a great career.

 

When Doug asked AK about potentially coming back to play on Tour, he responded with this priceless comment.

 

“Anything is possible. Isn’t that what the slogan says?”

 

And that he is right. When the PGA Tour promotes many of its charitable efforts, the slogan goes “Together, anything is possible”.

 

The PGA Tour’s main slogan however is ‘These guys are good” and AK was certainly good. He made over $12 million in his short career while winning three times with victories at the Wachovia Championship and AT & T NAtional in 2008, while winning the Shell Houston Open in 2010 (Two of those tournaments have changed their names since. That’s how long it’s been).

 

Here’s hoping AK does come back on Tour. I was a huge fan of the guy.

 

He brought a swagger that at the time was much needed in golf and was quite a streaky player. When he was making his putts and hitting good recovery shots, he was hard to beat or at least he would make you nervous.

I used to call him AK-47 as a fan, before I started writing. Because the dude was just locked and loaded every time.

 

Oh and he also use to rock this sweet belt buckle:

 

 

You can read Doug Furguson’s full interview with Anthony Kim by clicking here.

 

What are some of your favorite moments from Anthony Kim’s short but solid career? Do you want to see him make a comeback? 

 

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio!

 


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PHOTO: You won’t believe which golfer is in this picture

Anthony Kim was known as one of the better recovery players and streaky putters in the game. His two best performances arguably came at the 2008 Ryder Cup and the 2010 Masters where he finished third and had the record for most consecutive birdies in a single round at Augusta.

Well, AK was spotted at the Omnia Night Club in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. Thanks to an Instagram user, the picture below was taken.

It's super rare to be out with @ricksalomon and golf great @Anthony Kim

A photo posted by Jean-Robert Bellande (@brokelivingjrb) on

I’m actually quite surprised AK was willing to take the picture. Because he has been extremely secretive about his life in the last couple of years and didn’t seem to want anyone to know what he was doing.

It’s gotten so crazy that we’re actually making a big deal about a picture that he was in. But there’s a reason for it because the man has been anything but visible the last couple of years after he was once looked at as one of golf’s bright young stars.

He had a swagger to him, his microwave style of play was big and he was just Mr. Cool. I definitely thought that after his impressive performance at the Masters in 2010 that he was officially getting into his prime.

Then he started getting quieter and quieter and quieter and nobody noticed. It just seemed like he was slumping and that happens to many good players.

Then it just seemed like he was no where to be found. Until now.

Personally, AK was one of my favortite players on Tour. Loved the combination of game and swagger that he had. It’s nice to see him in the spotlight again.

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Source: USA Today’s For the Win


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Tiger Woods to Miss Second U.S. Open in Six Years, What’s The Future of Golf?

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods will miss his second U.S. Open in six years according to Yahoo Sports. Woods has been battling injuries and the chance of winning a few more major titles are all but out the window with the only hope of at least winning another one in the closest distance than winning the multiple. The U.S. Open will be at the legendary Pinehurst No.2 course where the World Golf Hall of Fame once stood. This was not as much of a shock as the Masters withdrawal since he’s always been a lock to play in the Masters. He’s missed U.S. Opens before plus he was still unsure when he would get back out there to play so this really isn’t a surprise.

”Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said. ”I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week.” Woods said according to Yahoo Sports.

Woods has won the U.S. Open three times and missed the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 while missing the U.S. Open and British Open in 2011. Ironically, his last major victory came at the U.S. Open in 2008 which was one for the ages as Rocco Mediate gave Tiger the biggest test of his life.

It’s unfortunate to see any player get injured like that but there’s a lot of people pressing the Mayday button on golf because the sport’s biggest star isn’t around. We have to realize that the game isn’t about just one player. Yes, I’m sure everyone has a favorite player but if you appreciate great golf from the talent we have today, you wouldn’t think about it and just wish Tiger a speedy recovery and continue to follow the sport anyway and not abandon ship. To me, if you only follow golf because of one guy then you’re not a golf fan. Some say the game will die without Tiger. Yeah, sure it will. That’s why the sport’s been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years with tournament play starting in the late 1800’s.

Golf is going to be fine with or without Tiger. We’ve seen a timeline of terrific golfers from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger and Phil Mickelson now so what makes us think that we won’t see another great player emerge? Right now, the biggest stars in golf right now might have to be Rory Mcilroy and Bubba Watson with guys like Jimmy Walker and the young talents of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed on the rise not to mention Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson have been playing some of their best golf in their careers. I also feel that the LPGA Tour is getting better and better and college golf is making a push thanks to Golf Channel’s Men’s Championship coverage (Alabama defeated Oklahoma State for back-to-back titles) so golf is going to fine, I just think people got so spoiled from Tiger and Phil that we overlook some of the other great talent that is out there. The ratings? The only people who weren’t watching were casual fans because there is absolutely no way a real golf fan would miss the Masters or the U.S. Opener the Ryder Cup because of no Tiger or Phil.

I’ll be honest, when Anthony Kim was a rising star, I was a HUGE fan. Now he’s been nowhere to be seen for a while with his last big performance being at the British Open in 2011 where he finished tied for 5th. I still love following golf despite his absence because I appreciate ever player that tees it up in the greatest sport in the world and I hope people realize that. Golf is going to be fine and the fact that we still have Tiger and Phil for a while is a plus but we need to understand the sport is in good hands for the future. The only thing I hope is that the game gets more diverse because it would be so cool to see a lot of different cultures come together to celebrate this fantastic game. Yes, there are a diverse amount of fans and journalists but not much with the players so that would be amazing to see because that means the sport will get stronger and stronger and THAT’S what we want to see. Keep your heads up golf fans, this sport is going to be A-OK and even better than that.

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Report: New Body Part Discovered in the Knee That Could Have Affected Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is one highlighted player who has had knee issues in the past.

Tiger Woods is one highlighted player who has had knee issues in the past.

OK, I ain’t no doctor or nothing and this may be kind of gross but at the same time it might be an attention grabber. Apparently, a new body part has been discovered in the knee and apparently has effected the knees of Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, and very possibly Derrick Rose who just hurt his knee again on Friday night. This new body part is called the “anterolateral ligament” (ALL) according to the Sunday Times in the UK and very well could have been a key factor to the knee issues of world no.1 Tiger Woods. As we know, he’s been battling knee issues for some years now ever since he reached his 30’s it seems. Although he’s back to nearly top form, you’ll still hear things here and there about the knee. Knee injuries have been one of the most dangerous injuries in sports in recent years which includes injuries to Tiger Woods, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and now Lindsey Vonn. Yes, a back injury is arguably by far the worst injury in sports and is an injury that’ll likely end your career but knee injuries are becoming more common and they are aggressive.

What I mean by that is that just when you think they’re gone, they come back for more and it seems to be a never-ending cycle. We’ve seen golf star Anthony Kim who I’m still a huge fan of today despite his struggles, have an injury involving his knee when he was playing basketball in high school and it was one of the reasons he decided to focus exclusively on golf and he was successful with it for a while but then injuries haunted him as a ghost of his past. Golf is one sport where your legs are crucial because you always need to have that proper stance with your legs and you need to use your legs to help push the ball on the follow through to help generate that extra power like Bubba, Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus do. Will knees take over the legs of PGA Tour stars once they get older? It’s possible for the young stars like Rory Mciroy which is why he needs to get back to his dominant ways soon because if he’s not winning tournaments then that’s more time wasted and he could be injury prone at any moment so even he does have an injury that effects his career then he can at least say he has a couple more majors under his belt. Not saying that he will get a knee injury but it’s always possible, or any injury for that matter. D Rose found that out the hard way and it’s heartbreaking to see him go through that again. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen to our golfers. Protect your knees kids!

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Does Mickelson have a shot at Quail Hollow?

With the Wells Fargo Championship going into its Sunday round, Phil Mickelson looks as good as ever. The thing about Mickelson that’s amazing is his ability to hit tough shots from the rough and his skill around the greens. He’s an all-around player on Tour and he proves it time and time again. He can also bomb off the tee but his accuracy is only solid. He hits a lot of shots in the rough for a reason but he knows how to get out of it and is one of the best in the game at recovery shots along with guys like Ian Poulter or when Anthony Kim was on top his game (Wow what happened?).

Kim was one of the better recovery players in golf at one point. Mickelson is a future hall of famer and he’s still playing at a high level andd hasn’t slowed down much at all. He’s extremley dangerous to opposing players and he’s one of the only all-around players in the field so there’s almost nothing stopping hime from getting his second victory of the year. His putting is the only thing that could stop him as he tends to make putts and miss putts but can heat up in a hurry and when he’s hot, he’s making every putt out there. However, he’s tied with a guy that can heat up himself, and that’s Nick Watney.

But the one thing about Watney that’s not going to be towards of his way is his ability on Par 3’s and Par 4’s but his really good on Par 5’s which will benefit him as well as his ability to hit greens in regulation, he is one of the best players in the world at hitting greens in regulation and that is a huge stat that can carry him to victory and improve his birdie average on Par 3’s and Par 4’s. He at one point was considered by many as the best American player on Tour and can win tournaments he’s proven this already. His cances of winning at Quai Hollow are somewhat slim considering the way Mickelson has been playing but it’s hard to tell as almost anything can happen at this tournament and that’s why it’s so popular and has been popular for players as well.

Overall, it should be a strong finish at the Wells Fargo Championship and mickelson will pull off the victory for his second win of the 2013 PGA Tour season and another trophy to his hall of fame career.

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